Wash, Push, Pull

I do this exercise 10-20 times in the morning and night after I wash and dry my face. The bathroom is transformed into the perfect gym complete with mirrors!

Assist with the resist!

Equipment: hand towel

Position: Standing with your feet hip width apart, hold towel tautly over head, gripping hands shoulder-width apart.

Simple Exercise: Slowly pull the towel down to the front, with your arms straight and then push the towel back up, resisting the movement in both directions.

Benefits: Tones the muscles in your arms, chest, shoulders, and back.

Have fun, get creative, and share your ideas . . .

Living (and Loving) Well is Not Always Easy

Coco never met a ball she couldn’t conquer.

Yesterday we had to make the difficult decision to help our precious 16-year-old dachshund, Coco, cross Rainbow Bridge.

My vet let me hold Coco against my chest as she passed. The last thing she heard were my husband’s and my professions of love. The last thing she felt was the beating of my heart. As soon as she gave her last breath, I felt a lightness.

Free from her failing physical body, she bound over the bridge and back into her sassy spirit. Play ball, my sweet Coco!

Shower Power

Whether you shower in the a.m. or p.m., use the therapeutic effect of warm water to help you wind up or wind down your day.

Equipment: Shower

Position: Standing in the shower with warm water flow centered on upper back and feet hip width apart.

Simple exercise: Drop your chin to your chest and interlace your hands in front of your body to round and feel a stretch in your upper back and shoulders.

Benefits: Stretches upper back and shoulders; feel stress melt away and energy increase.

Have fun, get creative, and share your ideas . . .

Roll a Pearl

When you get a kink in your back, the first thing you may want to do curl into a little ball with your knees in your chest. Another option is to move yourself in the opposite direction. This is also a great exercise if you frequently find yourself hunched over a computer . . . like me.

Position: Lying, face down with nose to the floor and arms by your sides, extended with palms up.

Find a pearl and polish this one off!

Simple exercise: Pretend to roll a pearl forward with your nose, lift your chin, then your chest with arms bowed behind you. (This is a Pilates move that is a bit like “cobra” pose from yoga.)

Benefits: Strengthens upper and lower back; stretches front of neck and chest; tones the back of your arms.

Have fun, get creative, and share your ideas . . .

March Madness

Quote

When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you approve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not today, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day a time. That’s the only way it happens and when it happens, it lasts.

– John Wooden

By the way, Wooden knew about success, big time. He coached the UCLA men’s basketball team to ten NCAA championship wins in a 12-year period.